Ecommerce is changing everyday, and sometimes by the minute. So many new ideas and developments everyday, becomes hard to keep track.
We bring to you a curated digest of ecommerce developments/happenings around the world, compiled from various publications across the Internet.
There’s nothing like getting an indignant offended local with an agenda to generate a good headline in the news. This time it’s the turn of Julia Napier, secretary of Friends of the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke, who told the BBC that she was “horrified” that Amazon drones might fly across the countryside.
The eBay Open 2016 kicked off in Vegas on Wednesday with an energising update from eBay CEO Devin Wenig. Devin was met by an enthusiastic crowd of over 1000 eBay sellers and 200 eBay employees who were showing little signs of a Vegas-style Tuesday night. There was no mention from Devin of the story that had been breaking earlier in the week – several analysts predicted a potential bid for eBay by tech giants Google or Alibaba. Instead, Devin came across as someone with a clear, long term plan for eBay. He took the crowd through his first 12 months at the heart of the company and spelt out his vision for the future to an engaged audience.
Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson wrote a letter to sellers who were impacted by the payment-processing problem the marketplace experienced last month. Those buyers and sellers who had been hoping for some form of compensation for the disruption and three weeks of angst are apparently out of luck. Dickerson addressed the issue on Tuesday in a conference call with Wall Street analysts, and his post to users appeared on the Etsy announcement board on Thursday.
The USPS is holding small-business workshops in 60 communities this month through the Made in Rural America initiative. The workshops are designed to show rural businesses how they can use USPS products and services to attract more customers from around the globe.
The countdown to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is on— literally—for athletes and online retailers alike. At least two e-retailers in the Internet Retailer 2016 Top 500 Guide, including online apparel retailer Fanatics Inc. (No. 38) and swimming products retailer SwimOutlet.com (No. 211) are promoting apparel on their sites using the “countdown” term, with the latter actually having a countdown clock at the top of its home page. The opening ceremony for this year’s Summer Olympics is Friday.